In a compassionate gesture, Air India has offered free assistance to bring injured victims of the fire, that engulfed SUM Hospital in Bhubaneshwar, to Delhi/Mumbai for further medical treatment.
They offered free tickets to the injured and the attendant, extending their support to help the victims of the tragic mishap.
— Air India (@airindiain) October 18, 2016
The fire, that erupted in the ICU unit of the hospital due to a short circuit on Monday night, has killed at least 21 people and injured several others. Many who are in critical state have been shifted to different hospitals in the city and are fighting for their lives.
The airline has extended this offer to help out in their own way as a lot of the victims are in critical condition and require immediate medical assistance.
The state government also announced free treatment of patients.
Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik late on Monday visited the SUM Hospital to take stock of the situation. The minister, deeply grieved by the hospital fire, ordered an enquiry to look into the cause of the fire that claimed the lives of 19 people.
Prime Minister Modi also reacted to the situation and expressed his anguish, ordering the Centre’s necessary support to help the injured and the affected. He said that transfer of the injured to AIIMS is being facilitated.
Union Health Minister said that AIIMS Bhubaneshwar has been contacted and all facilities are being provided to the affected people.
The state government has launched a high-level probe into the incident to ascertain the cause of the fire and whether there was any lapse on the part of the hospital authorities.